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Security Council Rules

 

Order of Precedence of Rules: Security Council

 

Rule

Second

Debatable

Vote
Required

Interrupt
Speaker

Description

Quorum

All 15 member countries must be present
Voting

9 votes required for majority. A no vote by any of the 5 permanent members on a substantive issue vetoes the resolution
Presidential Statement

Expresses council’s thoughts without passing a formal resolution.
Adoption by Consensus

Unanimous adoption
Point of Order

No

No

None

Yes

Used to point out a misuse of the rules
Point of Information

No

No

None

No

Ask any rules or non-rules related question of the chair, or gain a clarification
Point of Inquiry

No

No

None

No

Ask a question of a speaker at the end of their speech, prior to their yielding the floor
Suspension of the Meeting

No

No

Majority

No

Recess the meeting for a specific period of time – often for caucus
Adjournment of the Meeting

No

No

Majority

No

End the meeting
Closure of Debate

No

Yes

Majority

No

Ends debate on any issue open to debate and brings it to an immediate vote
Consultative Session

No

Yes

Majority

No

Informal debate. Must include time limit.

 

Set the Working Agenda

No

Yes

Majority

No

First order of business at the beginning of each day.
Add an item to the Working Agenda

No

Yes

Majority

No

Add a new topic to the bottom of the Working Agenda
Change the order of Consideration of Agenda

No

Yes

Majority

No

Bring an item already in the agenda to the floor for substantive debate
Set the Speaker’s Time

No

Yes

Majority

No

Set or change the speakers’ time limit
Division of the Question

No

Yes

Majority

No

Divide a resolution or amendment into 2 or more clauses, each to be voted on separately after closure of debate
Consideration of Amendments

No

No

None

No

Bring an amendment to the floor for decision
Consideration of Resolutions

No

No

Majority

No

Consider a resolution that has the requisite number of signatures
Party to the Dispute

Requests participation by nonmember of the Security Council
           

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